PDP remains united – NWC.
They should be arrested, jailed – Fayose
By Ayo Fadimu
A new twist has crept into crises rocking the main opposition party in Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has a parallel faction believed to be loyal to a party Chairmanship aspirant in the last convention opened a new secretariat in Abuja.
The factional party’s secretariat is located at Tito Broz street, off Jimmy Carter street, Asokoro, while the Independent National Electoral Commission-recognised national headquarters of the party is located at Wuse, Zone 5, Abuja. Only two flags of the party are taped to the building to indicate that it is a party office.
The group is led by Prince Obi Nwosu, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, Chief Olusola Akindele, Chief Godwin Duru and FranklyneEdede.
While briefing newsmen at the party’s secretariat Nwosu said the process leading to the emergence of the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee was fraught with illegality and abuse of electoral process.
Nwosu claimed the group emerged because of the imposition of a unity list on members on December 9.
The slogan of the new group is Fresh PDP… PDP First
Nwosu, promised that members of the National Working Committee of his group would be announced in January next year.
However, in a swift reaction, the National Working Committee of PDP insisted that its completely unperturbed by the comical act of some individuals who make outlandish claims in the media regarding our party.
In a statement released by the party and signed by the publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbodiyan, the party said the fact is that we are happy with the efforts of the Governor Seriake
Dickson-led Reconciliation Committee as well as the responses from all the respectable and responsible leaders of our party in that regard.
“We will however not be responsible or respond to any person or groups of individuals who decide to allow themselves to be used by forces from another political party in a laughable and childish attempt to distract us. The PDP under the Prince Uche Secondus-led national leadership will continue to focus on repositioning our great party to be the formidable opposition that will guarantee checks and balances in our polity and ultimately regain power in 2019” the statement read.
In the meantime, the Chairman of PDP’s Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose said that members of the factional group should be arrested and jailed.
Fayose, who described the new group as ‘miscreants’ said that those who have identified themselves as Fresh PDP ought to have been arrested, and jailed for disrupting the peace of the nation
The Ekiti State governor said this in Ado-Ekiti, while he was hosting the newly elected national Chairman of the PDP, UncheS Secondus who arrived the state in company of other members of the party’s National Working Committee ( NWC) for the local government election rally coming up in Ado Ekiti on Thursday. While Secondus, said the Fresh PDP are mere distracters, who should be ignored, Fayose said they are miscreants meant for the prison.
According to a press statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the PDP National Chairman also said, “.: We are not distracted by elements of distractions, we are focused we know the enemies are at work. We know several things have been going on with some wanting to prevent our convention. But since we have had a peaceful convention they are not happy. We know these people, even those from outside and we will name them when the time comes.” In a visibly angry mood, Governor Fayose said: “In a civilised society those parading themselves as fresh PDP should have been clamped into jail. They are simply charlatans. I won’t be surprised and we are doing investigations to know those who are behind them. In a society like Nigeria, where we need a virile opposition, we need to continually put the government of the day on its toes for them to know that Nigeria is greater than all of us, some miscreants would just make press statement and say they are splinter group or whatever they call themselves.
Fayose continued, “In a proper democracy, they are supposed to have been arrested and detained for breaching the peace of the society as their action is unwarranted and uncalled for. But we are not going to celebrate such by making an issue out of it. Nigeria needs peace at all times. We are not going to go back to the days of Sherif and co, by giving attentions to those idiots making noise all over the place. This party will remain focused and move on”
“I urge Nigerians to ignore them. When I saw them on the Internet, they were faceless people I cannot recognise so they remain a set of jobless and miscreants”.
Also reacting to aggrieved members who were defeated and pulled out of the convention, Fayose said:” What is important about the convention is for the party to be transparent and we have done that. And the moment the party has put in place the necessary level playing ground, everybody defeated at that election should be honourable enough to accept it. There would be another opportunity tomorrow. I am a consistent man, and don’t live a spoilers life.
“ Let me tell Nigerians that the PDP has done our convention and we have our leadership and we are now more focused than ever and forging ahead and will reclaim the Villa and give Nigeria a befitting leadership. The governor also reacted to those who have dragged the party to court demanding the cancellation of the convention.
He said: “ I don’t mind if you go to court, it is different from some people going to the television and parade themselves as fresh whatever, are they dirty before. If you feel aggrieved, ideally they have all signed undertaking to accept outcome of the convention. How can you who didn’t get a single vote now go to court over what? The apex body of the country’s judiciary has warned judges to be wary of politicians in the build up to the general elections in 2019. And I am sure no judge would want to put his jobs on the line by allowing jobber politicians who are looking desperately for money. We will not join issues with those from the latrine.”